The Idea Behind the Fellowship
The Karel Fellowship honors and advances the legacy of Frank Karel, who established, led and nurtured the field of strategic communications in philanthropy during his 30 years as chief communications officer for The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation. Karel believed that racial and ethnic minorities were underrepresented in the public interest communications field and that foundations and public interest organizations needed to be proactive in recruiting and nurturing diverse participation and leadership. Towards that end, each summer, the fellowship matches first-generation and/or minority students with leading nonprofits in the D.C. area, where the work on social justice issues under the guidance of a communication mentor.
“I learned so many skills during my fellowship that I would not have learned in college. In an age when entering the work force is a competitive experience, I feel much more confident in my value as an employee thanks to the skills that I learned that summer. “Jaquelin Salg
“Karel was really important for securing a job after college. Two of my employers after the fellowship told me that Karel was a major boost to my resume as it demonstrated some “real-world” nonprofit experience.”Alvin Kim